Acro-Airs Perform at Pacers Halftime

TAKOMA PARK, Md. (Jan. 30) - Washington Adventist University’s award-winning Acro-Airs sports-acrobatics exhibition team recently performed for the Indiana Pacers National Basketball Association (NBA) team in Indianapolis during the team’s January 30 game against the Phoenix Suns. The Acro-Airs team was invited by the Pacers to perform during halftime and throughout the game. The cost of the four-day trip was paid by the Pacers, and the halftime performance marked the continuation of the Acro-Airs’ 19-year relationship with the Pacers. The trip also provided the Acro-Airs an opportunity to participate in clinics and vespers programs at Indiana Junior Academy and Mount Vernon Academy.

Washington Adventist University to Award Sullivan Medallions

TAKOMA PARK, Md. (Dec. 11) - Washington Adventist University has been unanimously selected by the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation to join the family of schools awarding the Algernon Sydney Sullivan and Mary Mildred Sullivan medallions. WAU is the only school in Maryland and the only Seventh Day Adventist institution in the country to ever receive this honor. The university was selected based upon its commitment to service and for the outstanding work it has accomplished serving both local and international communities. The award may be presented to full-time undergraduate students and community leaders who have demonstrated a passion for community service and who are known for their unwavering integrity.

The foundation will provide a display apparatus so that the ensuing listing of recipients of the award can be prominently displayed on the campus. A representative from the Sullivan Foundation will be present in the Spring when the university selects and presents its first recipient(s) of the award at the annual Academic Awards chapel on April 23, 2014. For more information about the Sullivan awards, please contact Dr. Ralph Johnson, Dean, Center for Student Success.

Breaking Old Ground for a New Athletic Field

ground group smTAKOMA PARK, Md. (Nov. 25) - According to the Creation story in Genesis, God created the world ex nihilo:  out of nothing. Then He broke the ground, gathered the dust of the earth, and made the first man. Breaking ground for a new athletic field at Washington Adventist University (WAU) is also an act of creation. This new field will be one means of recreating our students by helping them experience true education – “the harmonious development of the mental, physical and spiritual powers.” (Ellen White)  It is the goal of WAU to help its learning community develop a balanced life in every dimension of living.

Groundbreaking for the new athletic field signals the start of an extreme makeover that has been needed for decades.  The new field will be made of AstroTurf® and will allow for a variety of activities by students, staff, and members of the local community.  Men’s and women’s soccer, intramural activities, and community group activities will enjoy a safe and aesthetically pleasing field during all the seasons of the year. “On this new field, we will not only build muscles, but also character and good sportsmanship.” (Patrick Crarey)

The WAU President, Dr. Weymouth Spence, officiated at the groundbreaking activity. He was assisted by Dave Weigley, Chair of the WAU Board of Trustees. Congratulatory comments were made by Patrick Crarey, Athletic Director of WAU; Jarrett Smith, Takoma Park Council Member; and Terrill North, candidate, County Council. It is estimated that refurbishment of the new athletic field will be completed April 2014.

Major Milestone for Russian Bible Translation Project

russian8 sm crpTAKOMA PARK, Md. (Aug. 28)- Printing of the first North American edition of the Russian New Testament and the Psalms, produced by the Washington Adventist University (WAU) Bible Translation Institute in partnership with Zaoksky Theological Seminary in Russia, has been completed by Pacific Press, Nampa, Idaho.

A dedication service was held, August 26, at the Press’ headquarters, and on September 5, 3ABN taped a special program to mark the new development.

“This summer has been immensely profitable and both our inter-denominational teams in Zaoksky, Russia, and here at WAU, are working around the clock to stay on target,” said Michael Kulakov, professor of theology, history and philosophy at WAU; chief editor for the translation project and director of the Russian Bible Translation Institute. “By God’s grace, we have completed work on the poetic books of the Bible and are currently working on the books of Joshua and Judges. The books of the Major and Minor prophets have also been completed.”

“We appreciate continued prayers from the WAU family for the work of our teams during this most decisive year,” he added.

Kulakov is currently in the fourth year of a five year sabbatical to complete the translation of the entire Bible into Russian by 2015. Seeing the first North American edition of the New Testament and the Psalms in print, was particularly moving for him, Kulakov said, since it was his late father, Dr. Mikhail P. Kulakov Sr. who founded the Institute at Zaoksky and worked tirelessly for over a decade to produce the translation of the New Testament and the Psalms.

Religion Professor Publishes New Book

OliveHemmingsTAKOMA PARK, Md. (Aug. 20) - Professor of Religion Olive Hemmings, Ph.D., is the author of a newly release work, Sacred Texts and Social Conflict, exploring the debate over women’s ordination within the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

“Here stands a dynamic faith community whose founding prophet and major source of authority outside the Bible is a woman,” a description on reads. “Thirteen decades after a resolution to ordain women, it continues to search the Bible for reasons to ordain or not. And yet, throughout its history, women have always functioned as ministers of the gospel. There must be some supra-biblical force driving the resistance. Hemmings goes behind the scenes of the debate to examine the profound and age old drama—the human struggle to find its best self.

The review calls the book “a surgical work of removing a tight, well fitted mask to reveal the real social fears and inhibitions driving the hermeneutics.”

bookcoverIt is described further as helpful for students of sacred texts wishing to observe the social dynamics driving interpretation, and even formation of sacred texts. Hemmings describes it as “a great starting point for any research on the issue of women’s ordination.”

Hemmings has been teaching in Seventh-day Adventist higher education since 1983. In the teaching of New Testament Bible, Ethics, and World Religions, she tends to call attention to the essential co-relation between religious ideologies/convictions and human civilization.

University Enjoys Best Credit Rating Ever

farley smTAKOMA PARK, Md. (Aug. 8) - Washington Adventist University is enjoying its best credit rating ever, thanks to its improved working capital position. An August 5 report from Dun & Bradstreet upgraded the University’s Supplier Evaluation Risk Rating has been improved from a 2 to a 1. T

The current scale is from nine to one with nine being the lowest—high risk—and one being a low risk. Moving from a 2 to a 1 is the best possible rating.

The rating is based on past payment history and the ability to pay or availability of working capital.

“To achieve the most favorable risk rating is further evidence that the financial position of Washington Adventist University has been remarkably improved over the past five years and, at this moment, our vendors view us with a great deal of confidence,” said Patrick Farley, vice president for finance and administration.

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Mission Trip to India Pulls together Major Religious Faiths

missiontrip1TAKOMA PARK, Md. (July 19) - Students from Washington Adventist University continue to take the institutions passion for excellence and service abroad, this time with a three-week trip to Pune, a bustling metropolis in Maharashtra, India’s second largest state.

Fifteen students made the trip, led by Vice President of Ministry Baraka Muganda, Ed.D. and Chaplain for Ministry, Regina Johnson. The students left the University June 7 and returned June 23.

“Washington Adventist University is preparing students not only academically but also spiritually, to impact the local and global world through service,” said Muganda.

missiontrip2Students participated in a health fair, under the theme NEWSTART (nutrition, exercise, water, sunlight, temperance, air, rest, and trust in divine power) and visited the Good Shepherd School and the Roger School, both secondary institutions , and Spicer Memorial College, a Seventh-day Adventist Institution of higher learning in Pune.

Students also preached at the locations and conducted Vacation Bible School, attended mostly by children from Buddhist, Hindu, and Muslim homes.

“It was awesome to hear these children sing with joy and excitement and not only at the schools but also in their own homes. What these young missionaries from Washington Adventist University have done in Pune will go a long way to plant seeds of faith among the people of missiontrip3Pune,” said Thomson Parackal, pastor of the Good Shepherd Church in Pune and coordinator for the group’s evangelistic activities. “This mission trip planted the seeds of Jesus in many Indian homes in the city of Pune. The children in those homes are now singing songs like, “Jesus Loves Me” and “He is Able.”

The trip ended June 22 with the baptism of 30 new converts.

“Under the heat of a beautiful Indian day, we watched as our brothers and sisters in Christ gave their lives to Him, rebirth. A distinct visual I will forever cherish,” said Sola Campbell, recent graduate of Oakwood University who accompanied the WAU students on this trip.

VP for Ministry Honored by General Conference Youth Department

muganda smTAKOMA PARK, Md. (July 26) - Vice President for Ministry at Washington Adventist University and former General Conference Youth Ministries Director, Baraka Muganda, Ed.D., was honored by the General Conference Youth Department at the third World Conference on Youth and Community Service in Pretoria, South Africa July 8 - 13, for outstanding contribution to the Seventh Day Adventist Church worldwide.

Youth, Children, and Chaplaincy Director of Uganda Union, Israel M. Kafeero, Ph.D, CFLE, in a citation, described Muganda as “a man of all season, whose service record spanned several generations.”

“He started college in the late ‘60s, with worldview miles apart from the post-modern world but he refused to be left behind,” the citation said. “His ideas, words, and behaviors always marched with the generation. Like the Apostle Paul, he mastered the art of speaking the language of the people before him, of whatever generation.”

Kafeero said Muganda was righteous, obedient and humble even when it meant sleeping in a thatched tent in the bushes of Uganda during a youth camp in 1986 “where the nights were filled with the music of a lion scare.”

“I was humbled and grateful to God for using me to impact the lives of so many youth around the world and leading them to the cross of Calvary, “Muganda said.

Muganda served as world youth director for the Seventh-day Adventist Church from 1995 to 2010. During that time, he gave leadership to activities for eight million young people around the world, developed programs and strategies for (Adventure Club, Pathfinders, Ambassadors Club and Senior Youth. Under his leadership the World Conference on Youth and Community Service, an event held every five years, was introduced.

“The work of leading young people in this fast paced world is enormous,” Kafeero said. “With a lot of options being offered by the world to the youth, we still have a lot to do, but he has done his part.”

Spence Named Secretary/Treasurer of Maryland Independent College and University Association

spence smTAKOMA PARK, Md. (July 16)- Weymouth Spence, Ed.D. President of Washington Adventist University has been elected secretary/treasurer by The Board of Trustees of the Maryland Independent College and University Association elected, effective July 1, 2013.

He will serve alongside Chairman Kevin Manning, President of Stevenson University; Vice Chair Roger Casey, President of McDaniel College; and Capital Projects Committee Chair, Michael Wood, President of Capitol College.

MICUA is a member-driven organization devoted to serving the interests of independent higher education and supporting the work of campus leaders throughout the State. Established in 1971, the Association provides services to foster cooperative efforts among its member institutions and all segments of higher education. As the voice of independent higher education in Maryland, MICUA seeks to inform the broader public about its member institutions and the vital importance of independent colleges and universities to the future of our State and nation.

Washington Adventist University is a private liberal arts institution located in scenic Takoma Park, Md. Founded in 1904, it is owned by the Seventh-day Adventist Church and offers a Christian education to nearly 1,500 students of all faiths, through eight graduate and 32 undergraduate programs. Its vision is to produce graduates who bring competence and moral leadership to their communities. The 2011 edition of U.S. News & World Report ranked the University among the best regional colleges in the northern region and as one of the most diverse.